Thursday, 31 May 2012

Last post for May

Venus has gone from the evening sky in our part of Leicester, so here are some shots of the Moon.
Firstly here's Copernicus.

And now, another ray crater ... Tycho.
Both these shots taken with a 2x Barlow.

Now, the south polar region with a 5x Barlow.

Lastly, no Barlow. Just 4 shots begging to be stitched together...

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Moon on a 5x Barlow...

Trying to find Venus in the twilight sky, but no luck.

Got a couple of 'normal' moon pictures and then tried my new 5x Barlow on the Moon for the first time.

Focussing needs a feather-light touch, that's my excuse for why they are a bit blurry!!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

If You're Fed Up With Soccer Aid...'s Venus, only 10 days away from inferior conjunction and the transit, and another beautiful couple of shots of the Moon.

Actually, Soccer Aid's good fun and in a good cause, unlike Eurovision!!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

If You're Fed Up With Eurovision...'s the crescent Venus, fast disappearing into the evening twilight, and a beautiful waxing Moon.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

3 day old crescent Moon

Very murky twilight after a blazing hot day. Couldn't see Venus at all through the misty sky.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Venus, through my new 5x Barlow

The new Barlow lens arrived today, and here's Venus, over twice the size as last time, but very hard to focus and find. Telescope wouldn't self-align as the sky was too bright, so relied on the red-dot finder and luck...

Looking forward to next week when the Moon is back in the evening sky.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Venus still fuzzy

As Venus gets lower in the bright twilight, the planet gets more difficult to get a decent shot of. Using a 2X Barlow with the camera.
Ordered a 5X Barlow today in the hope of getting better pictures of Saturn.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Fuzzy Venus, again

Venus glimpsed between the clouds. Starting to sink lower every evening as we head towards the transit...

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Venus and Saturn

Clear skies at last over Leicester. Venus' phase continues to shrink and I capture Saturn for the first time.